Posted in music | tour dates on April 25, 2014

by Bill Pearis

Libertines

Early '00s UK group The Libertines are getting back together for a big outdoor show in London on July 5, as part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time concerts. The band reformed for Reading and Leeds festivals in 2010, but this is the only other time since breaking up in 2004.

While never big in America, it's a big deal in England: The Libertines burned hot and bright, releasing their acclaimed debut Up the Bracket in 2002 which inspired a whole lot of other UK bands in the middle of last decade. It didn't last. The band's shambolic nature and blood-brother-spirit of Peter Doherty and Carl Barât was part of the appeal, but Doherty's drug troubles (every kind of drug, basically) became almost daily fodder for British tabloids.

The band (who played without Doherty near the end) broke up shortly after the eponymous sophomore album in 2004 (which went to #1 in the UK). Carl Barât formed Dirty Pretty Things, and Doherty formed Babyshambles. Doherty also released a great solo single with Wolfman called "For Lovers". Barât's new band, The Jackals, are expected to release their debut album this year.

North American shows seem unlikely as they never caught on much beyond NME-reading Anglophiles at the time. The Libertines only toured the US once with Doherty in Spring 2003 -- anybody go to their infamous show at Luxx (now the Trash Bar) in Williamsburg? -- which included an appearance on Letterman. But you never know.

Some Libertines streams and videos footage below...

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The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now

The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into The Sun

The Libertines - Up The Bracket

The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now (on Jonathan Ross)

The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now (on Letterman)

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Comments (29)

FUUUCKKK YOU, SHITTTTHEADS

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:19 PM

meh

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:20 PM

At least Doherty was honest about his intentions - he's broke and needs the money for child support. And I would assume, drugs.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:22 PM

I mean this without the slightest hint of trying to be a troll: They were over-hyped garbage then and will only continue to suck now. Absolute trash.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:23 PM

They never caught on here because they were never that good.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:24 PM

i think Up the Bracket is a classic, the second album sounds better than I'd remembered and I like some of the Babyshambles stuff too ("Fuck Forever" is great.) Pete was (is) a mess, but he's a real poet I think.

-bp

i was at the luxx show but was stuck way in the back, couldn't see a thing.

Posted by bill p | April 25, 2014 1:26 PM

US Tour is unlikely because they probably won't let Doherty into the country.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:27 PM

1:23 disagree. first album is fucking ace.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:28 PM

I was at Trash Bar, as well as CB's. Those were the 2 NYC gigs, May 2003.

Posted by can't believe I posted that | April 25, 2014 1:32 PM

Up the bracket was a good record, but definitely not a milestone like NME liked to advertised it
Just hope that Doherty guy finally cleans his act

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:34 PM

I agree, Up The Bracket was fucking great. This is one of those bands I wished I saw in their prime, but I won't be jetting off to UK for this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:37 PM

They toured the US more than one time. Just once with Doherty, though.

I wouldn't say Up the Bracket is "great," but it's an above average record. The energy makes it, the lack of coherent songs drags it down a bit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:42 PM

Doherty is fiending

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:52 PM

I think the lack of a US tour will be mostly due to lack of visa approvals not lack of popularity

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:57 PM

werent' they at CBGB's for a CMJ showcase in 2003/2004

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 1:58 PM

The UK sure has some shitass taste in music, no matter where its from... lets not forget how much they love Kings of Leon

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 2:18 PM

I'm sure the snuggle-toothed editors at the NME are excited, but that's about it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 2:23 PM

*Snaggle-toothed

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 2:24 PM

cares?

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 2:31 PM

So bummed I never made it to the CBGB's gig. I highly doubt they will ever make it stateside, but for shits and giggles, where do you think they would play? BK Waterfront would be great, but I have a feeling Terminal 5 would ultimately be the venue..

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 2:32 PM

I was at the Luxx gig and wouldn't call it "infamous" by any means. Just another Britpop/punk show by a super hyped band at the time. Coulda just as easily been These Animal Men or Menswear on the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 2:58 PM

2:58

Never, ever speak ill of These Animal Men. Massively underrated band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 3:29 PM

Most of you would attend a reunion of poo and ass. Grow up and stop being so city. Get cars!

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | April 25, 2014 3:47 PM

3:29 - It's 2:58. My comment wasn't meant to be negative against TAM...my point was that The Libertines were really no better, yet received so much more hype.

And this is coming from a guy who saw These Animal Men live in London in their prime with Action Painting opening.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 4:23 PM

3:47 - when do reunion tickets go on sale for poo & ass? I'm in.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 5:18 PM

The Pogues & Spiritualized are opening, somehow.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 5:47 PM

Which one was on the drugs?

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 10:25 PM

Doherty has had visa issues for years, you will have to go to Britain to catch them play, if they even make it to the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2014 9:01 AM

I'm freeeeee-eeeee to be whatever I want

Posted by Sharkey | May 6, 2014 3:31 AM

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